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Product Details

  • Performer: Herbert Henck
  • Composer: Hans Otte
  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • ASIN: B000027DS5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scott MacFaden on April 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It has often been said that Liszt conquered the piano, while Chopin seduced it. Similarly, a great classical pianist was once asked what was more difficult to play--a bravura Liszt piece or the slow sections of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. His response--the Liszt, despite its overt virtuosity and blizzard of notes, was easy to play, whereas the slow pieces such as Moonlight were extremely difficult to play well. German composer Hans Otte's "The Book of Sounds" seduces the piano in such a fashion that Chopin himself would surely be pleased. This fragile, delicate, often ethereal, but deeply affecting work places enormous value on each and every note, and utilizes passages of silence and space between notes to astounding effect. At times, it is somewhat reminiscent of the best work of jazz pianists Bill Evans and Paul Bley, both of whom created works in which what is not played is as important as what is. It is works such as this that refute the juvenile notion that loudness and a high dynamic level are necessary to create intensely felt music. Sometimes, the slowest and most covert music has the greatest emotional impact. ECM and Herbert Henck deserve plaudits for providing wide exposure for this unforgettable music, and we can only hope that the composer's follow-up to the Book of Sounds referenced in the liner notes will soon appear on disc as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 1, 2015
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So, the liner notes, by pianist Herbert Henck, claim that "this recording presents a work that is in its way one of the most remarkable creations in contemporary piano music and which has, I believe, lost none of its beauty, innocence and power in the twenty years since it was written" (between 1979 and 1982). And he goes on to say that, when Otte performed it himself and it was played on the radio, it was "enthusiastically received by listeners. For example, a painter wrote to say how listening to this music had influenced his work, while a psychotherapist praised the healing qualities that he felt the music exuded", and "after hearing the world premiere, the indian musician Pandit Pra Nath was equally moved, likening the work to a prayer". And the other reviewers sure seem to concur, don't they. So, if a painter, a psychotherapist, Pandit Pra Nath, Herbert Henck and Scarecrow all agree, this really must be indeed one of the great masterpieces of contemporary piano music.

Really????? Okay, so here's the dissenting view. If you think that the tonal and saccharine minimalism of Phil Glass represents the summit of western contemporary creation, than, sure, this cycle is equal to anything written by Glass, and has some similarities with it: less busy, more dreamy, but repetitive, easy-listening and even somewhat facile it is tonal, dreamy and nostalgic harmonies. I'm not familiar with the music of Bill Evans and Paul Bley that reviewer Scott MacFaden mentions, but I'm sure he's right: Otte's piano writing must be evocative of theirs.

I won't deny that it took some bravery to offer that kind of music on the German contemporary music scene in the late 1970s/early 1980s, when serialism and post-serialism still ruled.
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12 of 24 people found the following review helpful By scarecrow VINE VOICE on April 21, 2006
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mini-malism, repetitive patterning(s) music whatever you want to call it,survives today in a corrupted form, so much so that its budding beginnings with La Monte Young and Fluxus Gesturings seem quite distant his/her/story, Later the "Altmeisters" Reich Glass Adams Riley market ideologies seem to put the nails in the coffins abounding around the globe with world cultures entering at fixed points all concocted with the cash box at the end of the tunnel,well culture at any level moves at break-neck pace now where no one can keep pace.On-going junkpace is thereby created as Rem Koolhaas has said someplace. (I neglected to mention those who saw something more as Harold Budd, Peter Garland, Charlemagne Palestine, who remain more interesting today than anyone)
Otte's finely elegant music here seems odd in a way. Although the piano as a timbral resonant chamber with this work has fostered far more long solo works from Otte; for the piano as his "Book of Hours" :Studenbuch: from 1991-1998, these more a spiritual focus(what else) to be played in canonical content is placed in and around. "The Book of Sounds" is from 1979-1982 and appeared at a time when minimalism was about to take off never to return primarily however in the USA,performative artists as Meredith Monk and Laurie Anderson were also getting, starting to get invitations to Europe with again their minimalist musics as a background warm-ups for whatever they do with text,and electronic manipulations. Otte though sees the corruptibility of the context even back in the early Eighties here so his works remain within traditional frames and gesturings.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful By leo on November 20, 2006
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here is my attempt at out-writing the previous reviewers:

this disc is soooooooooooooooooooooo good.

read and weep, scott and scarecrow!
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